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Geriatric Neuropsychology
Assessment and Intervention

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ISBN 9781593852269
Published January 12, 2006 by Guilford Press
467 Pages

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Book Description

This major clinical reference and text is the first volume to systematically address the entire process of neuropsychological assessment and intervention with older adults. The expert editors and contributors detail the current state of knowledge about frequently encountered conditions ranging from mild cognitive impairment to progressive, stable, and reversible dementias. Evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies are described, and specific guidance is provided for linking neuropsychological evaluation to individualized treatment planning. Demonstrating an array of cognitive training, compensatory, and psychotherapeutic approaches, the volume shows how these can successfully be used to improve patients' functioning and quality of life.

Table of Contents

I. Geriatric Neuropsychological Assessment
A. Assessment of Common Geriatric Conditions
1. An Integrated Model for Geriatric Neuropsychological Assessment, Guy G. Potter and Deborah K. Attix
2. Normal Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment, Glenn Smith and Beth K. Rush
3. Neurodegenerative Dementias, Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer and Lauren H. Warren
4. Stable and Slowly Progressive Dementias, M. Allison Cato and Bruce A. Crosson
5. Potentially Reversible Cognitive Symptoms in Older Adults, Wes S. Houston and Mark W. Bondi
B. Specific Considerations
6. Using Norms in Neuropsychological Assessment of the Elderly, Robyn M. Busch, Gordon J. Chelune, and Yana Suchy
7. Functional Assessment, Daniel Marson and Katina R. Hebert
8. Cultural Issues, Jennifer J. Manly
9. Feedback, Joanne Green
II. Geriatric Neuropsychological Intervention
A. Cognitive Training and Compensatory Techniques
10. An Integrated Model for Geriatric Neuropsychological Intervention, Deborah K. Attix
11. Training of Cognitive and Functionally Relevant Skills in Mild Alzheimer's Disease: An Integrated Approach, David Loewenstein and Amarilis Acevedo
12. Spaced Retrieval: A Model for Dissemination of a Cognitive Intervention for Persons with Dementia, Cameron J. Camp
13. Multitechnique Program Approaches, Linda Clare
14. Language Interventions in Dementia, Cynthia K. Thompson and Nancy Johnson
15. External Aids, Michelle S. Bourgeois
B. Psychotherapeutic Interventions
16. Behavioral Treatment of Affective Disorders and Associated Symptoms, Rebecca G. Logsdon, Susan M. McCurry, and Linda Teri
17. Behavioral Treatment of Impaired Functioning and Behavioral Symptoms, Ann Louise Barrick
18. Group Psychotherapy Approaches for Dementia, Guy G. Potter, Deborah K. Attix, and Cory K. Chen
19. Pharmacological and Other Treatment Strategies for Alzheimer's Disease, Kathleen Hayden and Mary Sano

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Deborah K. Attix, PhD, completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Division of Medical Psychology) and Department of Medicine (Division of Neurology) at Duke in 1995 and is now an Assistant Clinical Professor there. Dr. Attix worked with the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and subsequently organized and became the Medical Director of the Clinical Neuropsychology Service at Duke University Medical Center. Her clinical work focuses on geriatric neuropsychological assessment and intervention. Dr. Attix is best known for her intervention work involving cognitive training and compensation and for psychotherapeutic techniques targeting memory, function, and mood in dementia.

Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer, PhD, is a Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Division of Medical Psychology) at Duke University Medical Center and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine (Division of Neurology). Dr. Welsh-Bohmer was recruited by Duke University Medical Center in 1987 to join the newly formed Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, and she currently is the Director of that center. Dr. Welsh-Bohmer is best known for her work in the clinical detection of early-stage Alzheimer's disease (AD) and related dementias and the relationship of these diseases to genetic and environmental factors. She has been a leader in many multicenter collaborative studies of AD and currently leads the nationally known Cache County Memory Study, a population-based epidemiological investigation of mild cognitive impairment and AD. Dr. Welsh-Bohmer's clinical work focuses on neuropsychological assessment in neurodegenerative disorders, including AD and related dementias.


"Superb! The editors and contributors are to be congratulated for producing this benchmark text for advanced graduate students, residents, and practitioners of geriatric neuropsychology. A unique feature of the text is its synthesis of intervention with assessment. Moreover, it provides detailed empirical support for using cognitive training, compensatory techniques, and psychotherapeutic interventions for improving mood, behavior, and functional capacity, even in disorders where progression is inexorable. Well written, thoroughly referenced, and up to date, this book is a powerful antidote to the therapeutic nihilism that often surrounds psychological work with dementia patients."--Jason Brandt, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

"Every neuropsychologist, clinical psychologist, and psychiatrist working with older people will want to beg, borrow, or buy a copy of this most impressive book. It is not only comprehensive but also original in its coverage of the issues faced by people with dementia and other conditions affecting the older population. The section on assessment is thorough and links theory and practice very well, and the coverage of therapy and treatment issues is especially strong. An important contribution to the neuropsychological literature, this practical resource is almost certain to become a classic."--Barbara A. Wilson, PhD, Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK

"This book presents cutting-edge research and theory on the many diagnostic and therapeutic issues that confront clinical neuropsychologists and other health service providers who care for the steadily increasing number of elderly patients in every nation's health care system. The editors have integrated contributions from leading researchers and clinicians into a single, coherent, and valuable resource."--Robert J. Ivnik, PhD, Department of Psychology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota